- The planned strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been shelved for now
- The change in plans followed the payment of the union members' January salary by the federal government
- Some academics confirmed that the plan could no longer go ahead since the federal government has paid up as against its initial stand not to do so
To avoid the looming strike action which members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened, the federal government has paid their January salaries.
This was confirmed by Guardian newspaper in a report on Saturday, February 1.
According to the report, the union members, who refused to enrol in the FG's new payment system called IPPIS, were paid late on Friday, January 31.
The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, confirmed the payment, so did Bayero University, Kano chairman of the union, Prof. Ibrahim Barde.
According to the two academics, the action of the government has averted disaster for now.
Legit.ng gathered that before the payment was made on Friday night, ASUU had begun the mobilisation of its members ahead of planned strike action across the country.
Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria gave a good reason for its insistence on IPPIS when it announced that it uncovered over 60,000 ghost workers on its payroll.
Isa Pantami, the minister of communication, revealed this during Federal University of Technology's 29th convocation lecture in Minna, Niger state.
Pantami said billions of naira have been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
ASUU had reacted angrily to the recent directive by the federal government to stop the January salary of university lectures who failed to enrol into the Integrated Personal Payroll Institution System (IPPIS).
ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, described the stance of the government as provocative.
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